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Several vehicle break-ins under investigation  

Sunday, May 4, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to four vehicle break-in incidents in the Marsh Hawk Plantation community located on Lady’s Island. iPhones and wallets were stolen. A resident also reported the theft of a white 2010 Honda Accord from the driveway. Aside from the stolen Honda Accord, all of the vehicles were unlocked. These incidents are believed to have occurred overnight.

To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

BJWSA has customer appreciation day 

Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority  (BJWSA) will hold its annual customer appreciation day on Friday, May 9 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Customers are invited to stop by BJWSA’s main campus at 6 Snake Road in Okatie for hot dogs, giveaways, and a raffle. BJWSA staff will also be on hand to talk about drinking water related issues and visit with customers.

Customer appreciation day coincides with National Drinking Water Week, an annual celebration of our most precious natural resource. This year’s Drinking Water Week theme is “What do you know about H20?”.

For more information, please contact Matthew Brady, communications manager, at 987-9213 or by email at matthewb@bjwsa.org.

Sheriff’s Office investigating robbery 

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred May 1 at a Lady’s Island convenience store.

Just before 11 p.m., deputies responded to the Tiger Express (1 Fairfield Road) in reference to a robbery occurring moments earlier. Upon arrival, contact was made with two employees who advised that the store had just been robbed at gunpoint by two unknown males.

The female employee reported that she had been outside smoking a cigarette when two black males, both armed with handguns, suddenly approached her and forced her back inside the store. Once inside, the suspects held her and a male employee at gunpoint and demanded cash.

After taking an undisclosed amount of money from the register, both suspects fled the store in an unknown direction. Neither employee sustained any injuries as a result of the incident.

The suspects were each described as black males between 16-19 years of age, both approximately 5’07”-5’11” and approximately 155 lbs. Both were wearing all-black clothing and black bandanas over their faces. One reportedly was wearing a black “skully” cap, and the other had an “afro” style haircut, according to witnesses.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact either Investigator Sgt. A. Boland at 843-255-3707 or Crimestoppers.

SCDMV announces holiday closings 

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed on Friday, May 9 in observance of the Confederate Memorial Day and Monday, May 26 in observance of the Memorial Day state holidays. Offices that offer Saturday services will be open on May 17.

Please remember that the days before and after a holiday are often extremely busy at DMV. Customers may want to choose another time to visit their local DMV office or process their transactions online at www.scdmvonline.com.